Wine & Enology
Making, Tasting & Appreciation

Classes & Workshops


rustic fall
photo Todd Mulvihill 



This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Rustic Fall Arrangement (200-09-28-17)
Thursday, September 28, 
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Where better than the Arboretum to learn the art of floral design while sampling local wine? Join Nina and Channing, of Bloomfield Floral Designs, to learn how to capture wistfulness and wildness of fall in a beautiful autumnal arrangement. Start the class with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as instruction begins. Nina and Channing will guide you through the basics of creating a low, wide arrangement through use of a grid, including care and prepping of flowers, color composition and unique palettes, plus natural floral arranging techniques. Then roll up your sleeves and begin creating! You will leave with a gorgeous arrangement including 20 blooms plus autumn fruits in dusky pinks, pale oranges, and bronze- as well as the skills needed to create more in the future. 
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one medium-sized arrangement
 

wine appreciation



This program features wine tastes!

 

Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation (800-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

The millenia-old tradition of grape fermentation produces an astonishing array of complex flavors and diverse wine types! Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist to increase your knowledge and appreciation for this ancient beverage. In the company of aspiring wine aficionados, you will learn how to taste and describe wine, how to read a wine label, how wine glasses impact your tasting experience, and the basics of wine and food pairing. Drew's experience as a winemaker and his conversational style will impart a level of knowledge sure to make your next winery visit much more interesting, and impress your next dinner party's guests! For ages 21 and up.
Limit 40, Bee Center

register $80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass
 

holiday wreathe


This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making (200-12-07-17)
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Backup: Wednesday, Dec 6, 6:30-8:30 pm)
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Come to the Arboretum to create a show-stopping holiday wreath and sample local wines! You will begin with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as Nina and Channing instruct you in how to prep the foliage and elements for the wreath, wreath construction techniques, and how to use unique natural elements for holiday decor beyond pinecones and holly. Then it's time to begin creating your masterpiece from silvery materials such as fir, cotton bolls, lunaria and snow berries. You will go home with a beautiful creation perfect for welcoming holiday visitors, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. A fun annual tradition! SUGGESTED: Bring gloves and pruners, and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one grapevine-based wreath
 


Photo Nina Wiskus



This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Floral Crown Workshop (200-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day fun with a friend or two by learning the on-trend art of flower crowns. These deceptively simple arrangements are not just for little girls, but are a valuable skill to have for parties, gifts, or a fun way to celebrate the floral bounty of the garden later in the year. Begin with a quick introduction to some local wines, and sip and snack as Nina and Channing talk about the process and demonstrate the methods. Then gather flowers such as jasmine, waxflower and ranunculus to begin creating your own crown, with hands-on assistance from the instructors. You'll leave with a beautiful crown to wear or display at home, plus the skills needed to make more in the future. SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center
$65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Intro to home winemaking 

Introduction to Home Winemaking (800-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - noon AND Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. - noon
Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

Are you interested in making your own wine, but not sure how to start? Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist for this two-part workshop. Designed for beginners, you and other winemaking hobbyists will begin with a solid, research-based framework of knowledge as you learn what equipment and supplies are needed, where to source grapes or other fruit, the steps of winemaking, and much more. This workshop is located at the Horticulture Research Center (across from the Arboretum, adjacent to the seasonal apple house!) so you can see the winemaking process used to test the University's wine grapes. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make wine in your own home.
Limit 24, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center

register $80 member/$95 non-member, includes handouts, exclusive access to the Horticulture Research Center, and hands-on demonstrations with wine making equipment
 


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